Former Gov. David Paterson and his wife have ended their often-turbulent marriage, according to the politician’s spokesman.
Paterson and Michelle Paige Paterson have parted ways after 19 years of marriage and the split was “mutual and amicable,” according to Paterson’s representative Sean Darcy.
Michelle Paige Paterson declined to speak about the separation early Satrrday, declaring that “it’s nobody’s business.”
The duo each admitted to having previous affairs when Paterson was suddenly thrust into the governor’s office in 2009 after Eliot Spitzer resigned in the wake of a sex scandal.
Paterson later strongly denied persistent rumors that he conducted further flings while in office in Albany.
A longtime friend of the politician called the split “dog bites man” and said it wasn’t shocking.
“It's been a long time coming," the friend said.
“It's just one of those things,” the pal said. “It’s unfortunate, it's tragic, you pray for them - but it's not a surprise."
Paterson and his wife have been living apart for the last few months and the ex-governor moved out of the couple’s Harlem home.
The couple have an 18-year-old son, while Michelle Paige Paterson has an adult daughter from a previous marriage. There are no custody issues, according to Darcy.
They have not yet officially filed for divorce.
David Paterson, 58, left office in 2010 and currently hosts a talk show on WOR 710 AM.
His wife, 51, has recently been shopping a tell-all book that claims to include details of the couple’s marital struggles.